The Benetech and Bookshare communities sound off on the power and limits of the ADA. Read their reflections and calls to action to build a better future.
Benetech CEO Betsy Beaumon discusses the importance of the ADA and Benetech’s commitment to advancing and protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
EdTech and the Promise of Quality Education for All: On the Americans with Disabilities Act at Twenty-Five
Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. We have come a long way in eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities, but as we join the week-long recognition of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ADA, it is imperative to consider how to extend the ADA promise to a new generation of Americans. The 25th anniversary of the ADA is a reminder that, at their best, policy and legislation support technological advances as well as benefits to society. We now need such balanced laws more than ever in order to stay committed to core principles of inclusion in the midst of massive technological change. To carry forward the ADA promise, we need regulations that mitigate these risks and still enable our students to benefit from the tools they need to succeed at school and beyond.